Georgia teacher Shekema Silveri is affectionately called “momma” by many of her students. She allows anyone who’d like to take her difficult AP English class—as long as they are prepared to give the best they have, according to CNN. Bound by a tight budget and few resources, Silveri has learned to use the best tools she has available to help her kids excel. They perform research on cell phones, use Twitter and blog posts to write out their thoughts and she even asks students to give short multimedia presentations so they get comfortable speaking in front of groups.
There is a method to this teacher’s madness; in 2011, Silveri was one of just 11 teachers in Georgia to have every one of her kids earn passing grades on their standardized tests. Her creativity and commitment also earned her a Milken Award, known as “the Oscars of teaching,” given to only 40 K-12 educators across the country each year.
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